STEUBENVILLE - The downtown farmers' market will open at 8 a.m. Thursday at the former Grant School site on South Fourth Street.
"We have local produce, crafts and baked goods available again this year. The produce will change throughout the summer as different crops are available," explained Judy Bratten, executive director of the Steubenville Visitors Center that operates the downtown market.
"Our market is traditionally open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursdays, although some vendors may stay open a little longer in the afternoon," said Bratten.
Parking will be available on South Fourth Street and adjacent parking lots.
Bratten said Russell's Greenhouse, Angiuli Farms, Jack's Mountain Orchards, Woolf Farms, St. Mark's Church with homemade nut bread and Therma Jewel have said they will be at the opening day of the downtown market.
"We may have some extra vendors who show up Thursday. We usually start a little slower the first couple of weeks, but as the Ohio produce becomes available, our market will grow every week, "said Bratten.
Paul Russell of Russell's Greenhouse in Wellsville said he is looking forward to returning to Steubenville this week.
"It is still a little early for locally grown sweet corn, tomatoes and peppers. But we will also have other produce we obtain through a dealer. We plan on being at the farmers' market every week for the season," said Russell.
"We weren't there the first year but we have been coming to Steubenville since 1979 and we look forward to coming there every week," added Russell.
Carl Angiuli of Angiuli Farms and Greenhouse said he also is looking forward to returning to the farmers' market.
"We will have beans, zucchini and cucumbers the first couple of weeks. After that we will continue to expand our produce every week as the items become available," said Angiuli.
The Scio Farmers' Market opened last week at the United Methodist Church in Scio.
According to Ohio State University Extension agent Sarah Cross, "The market will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. There is no charge to be a vendor at this market. However, they do take donations. Homemade crafts are also permissible on a limited basis. "
"Farmers' markets provide an excellent opportunity for people to support local farmers and/or producers. Producing and consuming food on a local level are important on so many levels. If you shop at the local farmers market, you are most likely supporting the local economy, your health, community and the environment," said Cross.
Rebecca Weiss and Stacey Raber have been organizing the Hopedale Farmers' Market set to open at 9 a.m. Saturday next to the Hopedale Fire Hall.
"We are hoping that local growers, bakers and artisans will be interested in selling at this market, because the time and location are excellent, and we already have a lot of interest in the community. The market is open to all vendors who produce their own fruits and vegetables locally or operate a cottage foods or baked goods business, or who offer traditional artisanal crafts. We think this market will be a great way to bring people together, raise awareness of the importance of local economies and provide healthy food for the community," stated Weiss.
The Farmers' Gateway Market is open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Eastern Gateway Community College John Scott Highway parking lot.
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